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Katherine Smugala

August 5, 1946 — December 7, 2022

Katherine Smugala, 76, of Ogema passed away peacefully December 7, 2022, at her home surrounded by family under the care of Hope Hospice. She was born to Frank and Katherine (Mindock) Budaj on August 5, 1946, in Phillips, WI.

She graduated from Phillips High School then married Michael (Mickey) Smugala on November 14, 1964, at St. Mary’s Church in Phillips. It was a pleasantly warm day for the celebration. She enjoyed being a housewife and raising her six children. The home was always full of laughter. She loved spending her time in her garden. She enjoyed everything outdoors, cooking, her family, owls, quilting, and canning. In 1993, she went to work at the Catawba Post Office for many years and worked her way up to Postmaster.

Katherine's Last Words of Wisdom were, be kind to one another, always! I Love You, All!

She is survived by her husband, Michael; children, Michelle (John) Kurth, Michael, Scott (Rosie), Krissy (Travis) Custer, Clarissa (Joe) Schmitt, Rachel (John) Pocock; grandchildren, Alex (Megan) Kurth, Nicole (Tyler) Johnson, Tanner, Ashley (Jeremy) Leu, Katie (Wyatt) Newstrom, Jacob, Roman and Savannah Schmitt, Zachary Wacholtz; 6 great-grandchildren; siblings, Frank Budaj, Susan Budaj, Betty (Duane) Bauer, John (Edie) Budaj, Rosemary Korb, Patty (Doug) Nutt, Tony (Kathie) Budaj.

She is preceded in death by her parents.

There will be a Visitation at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 10, 2022, at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, W9485 Highway 8, Catawba, WI. A Memorial Service will begin at 11 a.m. following the Visitation. Heindl-Nimsgern Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Condolences to the family may be sent via Venmo @Krissy-Custer

To send flowers, please call Julie with Stems & Stuff in Prentice, WI (715) 820-2456

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Katherine Smugala, please visit our flower store.

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Saturday, December 10, 2022

11:00am - 12:00 pm

Saint Paul the Apostle Catholic Church

W9485 US Highway 8, Catawba, WI 54515

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